Hezbollah, Hamas and Israel: Everything You Need To Know


Richard Moore

Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2006 07:29:44 -0400
Subject: Hezbollah, Hamas and Israel: Everything You Need To Know
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July 21, 2006

Hezbollah, Hamas and Israel: Everything You Need To Know

A perilous excursion into the distant past, starting seven whole weeks ago

by Alexander Cockburn

As the tv networks give unlimited airtime to Israels apologists, the message 
rolls out that no nation, least of all Israel, can permit bombardment or armed 
incursion across its borders without retaliation.

The guiding rule in this tsunami of drivel is that the viewers should be denied 
the slightest access to any historical context, or indeed to anything that 
happened prior to June 28, which was when the capture of an Israeli soldier and 
the killing of two others by Hamas hit the headlines, followed soon thereafter 
by an attack by a unit of Hezbollahs fighters.

Memory is supposed to stop in its tracks at June 28, 2006.

Lets go on a brief excursion into pre-history. Im talking about June 20, 2006, 
when Israeli aircraft fired at least one missile at a car in an attempted 
extrajudicial assassination attempt on a road between Jabalya and Gaza City.The 
missile missed the car. Instead it killed three Palestinian children and wounded

Back we go again to June 13, 2006. Israeli aircraft fired missiles at a van in 
another attempted extrajudicial assassination. The successive barrages killed 
nine innocent Palestinians.

Now were really in the dark ages, reaching far, far back to June 9, 2006, when 
Israel shelled a beach in Beit Lahiya killing 8 civilians and injuring 32.

Thats just a brief trip down Memory Lane, and we trip over the bodies of twenty 
dead and forty-seven wounded, all of them Palestinians, most of them women and 

Israel regrets But no! Israel doesnt regret in the least. Most of the time it 
doesnt even bother to pretend to regret. It says, We reserve the right to 
slaughter Palestinians whenever we want. We reserve the right to assassinate 
their leaders, crush their homes, steal their water, tear out their olive 
groves, and when they try to resist we call them terrorists intent on wrecking 
the peace process.

Now Israel says it wants to wipe out Hezbollah. It wishes no harm to the people 
of Lebanon, just so long as theyre not supporters of Hezbollah, or standing 
anywhere in the neighborhood of a person or a house or a car or a truck or a 
road or a bus or a field, or a power station or a port that might, in the mind 
of an Israeli commander or pilot, have something to do with Hezbollah. In any of
those eventualities all bets are off. You or your wife or your mother or your 
baby get fried.

Israel regrets But no! As noted above, it doesnt regret in the least. Neither 
does George Bush, nor Condoleezza Rice nor John Bolton who is the moral savage 
who brings shame on his country each day that he sits as Americas ambassador 
(unconfirmed) at the UN and who has just told the world that a dead Israel 
civilian is worth a whole more in terms of moral outrage than a Lebanese one.

None of them regrets. They say Hezbollah is a cancer in the body of Lebanon. 
Sometimes, to kill the cancer, you end up killing the body. Or bodies. Bodies of
babies. Lots of them. Go to the website fromisraeltolebanon.info and take a 
look. Then sign the petition on the site calling on the governments of the world
to stop this barbarity.

You can say that Israel brought Hezbollah into the world. You can prove it too, 
though this too involves another frightening excursion into history.

This time we have to go far, almost unimaginably far, back into history. Back to
1982, before the dinosaurs, before CNN, before Fox TV, before OReilly and 
Limbaugh. But not before the neo-cons who at that time had already crawled from 
the primal slime and were doing exactly what they are doing now: advising an 
American president to give Israel the green light to solve its security problems
by destroying Lebanon.

In 1982 Israel had a problem. Yasir Arafat, headquartered in Beirut, was making 
ready to announce that the PLO was prepared to sit down with Israel and embark 
on peaceful, good faith negotiations towards a two-state solution.

Israel didnt want a two-state solution, which meant -- if UN resolutions were to
be taken seriously -- a Palestinian state right next door, with water, and 
contiguous territory. So Israel decided chase the PLO right out of Lebanon. It 
announced that the Palestinian fighters had broken the year-long cease-fire by 
lobbing some shells into northern Israel.

Palestinians had done nothing of the sort. I remember this very well, because 
Brian Urquhart, at that time assistant secretary general of the United Nations, 
in charge of UN observers on Israels northern border, invited me to his office 
on the 38th floor of the UN hq in mid-Manhattan and showed me all the current 
reports from the zone. For over a year thered been no shelling from north of the
border. Israel was lying.

With or without a pretext Israel wanted to invade Lebanon. So it did, and rolled
up to Beirut. It shelled Lebanese towns and villages and bombed them from the 
air. Sharons forces killed maybe 20,000 people, and let Lebanese Christians 
slaughter hundreds of Palestinian refugees in the camps of Sabra and Chatilla.

The killing got so bad that even Ronald Reagan awoke from his slumbers and 
called Tel Aviv to tell Israel to stop. Sharon gave the White House the finger 
by bombing Beirut at the precise times -- 2.42 and 3.38 -- of two UN resolutions
calling for a peaceful settlement on the matter of Palestine.

When the dust settled over the rubble, Israel bunkered down several miles inside
Lebanese sovereign territory, which it illegally occupied, in defiance of all UN
resolutions, for years, supervising a brutal local militia and running its own 
version of Abu Graibh, the torture center at the prison of Al-Khiam.

Occupy a country, torture its citizens and in the end you face resistance. In 
Israels case it was Hezbollah, and in the end Hezbollah ran Israel out of 
Lebanon, which is why a lot of Lebanese regard Hezbollah not as terrorists but 
as courageous liberators.

The years roll by and Israel does its successful best to destroy all possibility
of a viable two-state solution. It builds illegal settlements. It chops up 
Palestine with Jews-only roads. It collars all the water. It cordons off 
Jerusalem. It steals even more land by bisecting Palestinian territory with its 
fence. Anyone trying to organize resistance gets jailed, tortured, or blown up.

Sick of their terrible trials, Palestinians elect Hamas, whose leaders make it 
perfectly clear that they are ready to deal on the basis of the old two-state 
solution, which of course is the one thing Israel cannot endure. Israel doesnt 
want any peaceful solution that gives the Palestinians anything more than a few 
trashed out acres surrounded with barbed wire and tanks, between the Israeli 
settlements whose goons can murder them pretty much at will.

So here we are, 24 years after Sharon did his best to destroy Lebanon in 1982, 
and his heirs are doing it all over again. Since they cant endure the idea of 
any just settlement for Palestinians, its the only thing they know how to do. 
Call Lebanon a terror-haven and bomb it back to the stone age. Call Gaza a 
terror-haven and bomb its power plant, first stop on the journey back to the 
stone age. Bomb Damascus. Bomb Teheran.

Of course they wont destroy Hezbollah. Every time they kill another Lebanese 
family, they multiply hatred of Israel and support for Hezbollah. Theyve even 
unified the parliament in Baghdad, which just voted unanimously -- Sunnis and 
Shiites and Kurds alike -- to deplore Israels conduct and to call for a 

I hope youve enjoyed these little excursions into history, even though history 
is dangerous, which is why the US press gives it a wide birth. But even without 
the benefit of historical instruction, a majority of Americans in CNNs instant 
poll - about 55 per cent out of 800,000 as of midday, July 19 -- dont like what 
Israel is up to.

Dislike is one thing, but at least in the short term it doesnt help much. 
Israels 1982 attack on Lebanon grew unpopular in the US, after the first few 
days. But forcing the US to pressure Israel to settle the basic problem takes 
political courage, and virtually no US politician is prepared to buck the Israel
lobby, however many families in Lebanon and Gaza may be sacrificed on the altar 
of such cowardice.


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